Retinoblastoma is the most common intraocular tumor of childhood. Retinoblastoma treatment requires the care of a multidisciplinary team composed of the pediatric hematologist/oncologist, ophthalmologist, clinical genetics, radiation oncology and many other sub-specialists in concert with a full spectrum of care services available at Nicklaus Children's Hospital.
The Nicklaus Children's Hospital neuroradiology team provides the high-quality imaging and MRI studies essential to the treatment of retinoblastomas. Chemotherapy protocols are available to help preserve the eye and specific care with laser treatment is also offered. The latest treatment modalities including Intra vitreous and Intra-arterial chemotherapy are routinely used. When needed, measurements and fittings for an ocular prosthesis can be coordinated at the hospital.
One symptom of retinoblastoma in children is white spots on one or both pupils. Instead of typical "red eye" in pictures, there may be a white glow that appears in photographs.
Other possible retinoblastoma symptoms include:
- Poor vision
- Pain in the eyes or redness
- Double vision
- Crossed eyes
- Different iris eye colors
At only 2 years old, Lacy needed to have a tumor removed from her brain; she also went through six months of chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant. Today, Lacy is cancer free and going to different therapies to continue getting stronger every day.